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Benin Republic court rejects Igboho’s extradition to Nigeria

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The Court D’Appeal of Cotonou in Benin Republic has rejected the request by the Nigerian government for the extradition of Sunday Igboho to Nigeria.

The judgement was handed down on Tuesday morning, while the court ruled that the Yoruba Nation agitator will remain in the custody of the Republic of Benin pending the conclusion of the case against him.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has been pushing for the freedom fighter’s extradition to Nigeria to face charges bordering on claims of illegal arms importation, civil unrest and plots to disintegrate Nigeria by pushing for an independent nation of the Yoruba people, one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria.

The court instead directed an investigation into all charges brought by the Nigerian government against Igboho, who was arrested alongside his wife on July 20 at the airport while preparing to fly to Germany from Cotonou.

 
 
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